The 13th Clonmel Junction Festival will take place from July 5th-14th. - the festival has established itself as one of the most significant multi-arts festivals of the summer festival season programming a distinctive mix of high quality Irish and International theatre, street entertainment, comedy and music.
Indeed, tickets for a number of the feature shows are on sale online - see: www.junctionfestival.com.
The festival will open on July 5th with the European Premiere of a choral suite by Mícheál O Súilleabháin, himself a native of the town, called Madison’s Descent, which will be performed by the composer himself with the Clonmel Junction Festival Choir which has been developed over the last three years comprising 30 ambitious local choristers.
Madison’s Descent will also feature a 14-piece chamber orchestra, Internationally renowned saxophonist Kenneth Edge and a soprano soloist yet to be announced.
When the Festival began in 2001 there were about half a dozen bands in the town of Clonmel. In 2012 twenty-three singer-songwriters and bands from the town performed original music at the festival. And, for 2013 the Festival has commissioned musician and producer Gavin Glass to work with 15 emerging local musicians on a themed concert performance called ‘We Can Be Heroes’ which will also feature guest appearances from a number of established national artists such as Paul Walsh from Royseven, Jerry Fish and more to be announced.
The third feature event will feature Banna Chluain Meala, the town’s multi award winning marching band, that has been training young musicians for over 40 years. The concert performance will take place on the quays of the River Suir with the Commeragh Mountains in the background and will feature a finale spectacular with UK Circus artist Christopher Bull walking 80m across on a high wire across the river, a flotilla of boats on the river and the band’s colour guard bedecked across the old bridge.
The theatre programme will have the usual exciting mix of Irish and International work while the rock music program is a diverse mix with Original Rudeboys, Riptide Movement, Kerbdog and the French band Repeats who are a famous Beatles covers band. The comedy program will be headlined by Neil Delamere and the upcoming stars of the future Foil, Arms and Hog.